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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What are the side effects of Keppra?

I ve been taking Primidone for years and years and I m pretty much under control. I drive a car, eat well, occasionally play oldies on the radio and lead a low-key but satisfactory lifestyle. My doctor is trying to get me to switch to keppra, but after reading about all the bad side effects, I m leaning toward staying put. Sure, I slur my speech a little and my balance isn t great but all in all I m satisfied and afraid I ll just be worse, not better. I ve asked a number of people whose opinion I value (including a RN), and they all agree with my decision to stay the course. Do you think it s wise to change horses in midstream?
Thu, 18 Jul 2019
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Yes, there are some side effects of Keppra.

Keppra is an antiepileptic drug. The following adverse reactions are discussed in more details in other sections of labeling:
•     Psychiatric Symptoms
•     Suicidal Behavior and Ideation
•     Somnolence and Fatigue
•     Anaphylaxis and Angioedema
•      Serious Dermatological Reactions
•     Coordination Difficulties
•     Hematologic Abnormalities
•     Increase in Blood Pressure

I do not know your medical history in details, so please contact your doctor for a better consult.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Enton Dore, General & Family Physician
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